Life in Delaware County

Delaware County Engineer Updates For September 30

29 Sep , 2021  

By 1808Delaware

1808Delaware now shares road closure and other update notices issued by the office of Delaware County Engineer Chris Bauserman and local media. Once a project is done, the notice will be removed at the next update.

Information on any of the projects below is available by contacting the office at 740.833.2400. Click on any to be taken directly to the Engineer’s project page.

This regular post should be consulted along with the weekly road project update from District Six of the Ohio Department of Transportation. That update is posted on 1808Delaware every Friday or during the weekend. More…

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History/Tourism

Farewell, Kulu

29 Sep , 2021  

The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium announced Monday that polar bear, Kulu, will be moving this fall to another Midwest zoo accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA).

Staff from both zoos are working to finalize the details of the move. Kulu has gained a large following since his birth on Thanksgiving Day on November 28, 2019, and fans are encouraged to visit soon if they wish to see Kulu before he departs for his new home. The receiving facility will be announced when they unveil the exciting news about Kulu’s arrival to their community.

Kulu will be accompanied by one of his Animal Care team members, as well as a Columbus Zoo staff veterinarian, to help ensure that he arrives safely. The dedicated care team members at his new home are very excited to welcome him and are prepared to help ensure that he adjusts smoothly to his new surroundings. The date when Kulu will make his first public appearance at his new home has not yet been determined. More…

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In Our Backyard

In Our Backyard: Experience Columbus Launches Outdoor Trails Pass

28 Sep , 2021  

By 1808Delaware; Experience Columbus

1808Delaware has expanded our coverage to highlight attractions and events within easy driving distance of Delaware Countians. We call this new set of postings, “In Our Backyard.” This will be in addition to our regular coverage of Delaware County happenings.

Experience Columbus has announced the creation of an Outdoor Trails pass through a partnership with the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC). The new pass is designed to encourage locals and residents to get moving by hiking, biking, jogging or paddling in locations throughout the Greater Columbus region.

The Outdoor Trails pass joins Experience Columbus’s existing curated guides to experiencing the best the city has to offer, such as the Short North Art Trail and Coffee Trail, with more experiences available here. This pass also provides users the chance to win a monthly giveaway for $100 to a local business or local restaurant, which will be chosen at random by Experience Columbus. Each time a user checks in at a trail using their virtual pass (more details below), they will be entered to win that month’s gift card. More…

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Powell/Lewis Center

Candy, Candy Everywhere

28 Sep , 2021  

Special to 1808Delaware

Join the City of Powell for the annual Candy by the Carload event from 4:00 to 6:30 PM on Sunday, October 24 in the parking lot of Seldom Seen Park, 3232 Seldom Seen Road.

The parking lot will be transformed into a trick-or-treater’s treasure chest as local businesses and organizations set up booths and car trunks filled with candy, toys and other Halloween goodies.

Families will be required to register to participate during a 30-minute window either 4:00 PM-4:30 PM, 4:35 PM-5:05 PM, 5:10 PM-5:40 PM, 5:45 PM-6:15 PM. Registration begins Monday, September 20. City residents will receive priority registration through Wednesday, September 22. More…

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Delaware County

Delaware Board Of Elections Seeking Poll Workers

27 Sep , 2021  

The Board of Elections can be reached at: 740.833.2080.

Delaware

City Of Delaware Reflects on Successful Pool Season, Plans for 2022

27 Sep , 2021  

The last cannonball dive has landed with just the right amount of splash, and City of Delaware recreation staff is reflecting on the just completed pool season and already planning for 2022.

This summer was the City’s first since 2011 running the Jack Florance Pool at Mingo Park after taking over operations from the Central Ohio YMCA last year. In 2020, the pool never opened because of COVID, but this year, residents enjoyed a full season, from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend. Total reported admissions for the season were 14,700. The biggest single-day attendance was Monday, July 5, when a whopping 661 residents visited the pool over six hours.

“We brought some fun back to the community and that was our No. 1 goal,” Parks and Natural Resources Director Ted Miller said. More…

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Ohio Wesleyan University

OWU Looking To Hire Six Tenure-Track Professors

26 Sep , 2021  

Special to 1808Delaware

Ohio Wesleyan University is accepting applications for six tenure-track professorships for the 2022-2023 academic year. The new faculty will be hired as a cohort with a collective focus on supporting the university’s work to provide the most connected, innovative, and relevant education possible.

The new cohort will build on the success of last year’s group hire, which brought six new faculty to campus this fall – each focused on furthering OWU’s strategic areas of focus.

Both cohorts represent an important ongoing commitment to Ohio Wesleyan’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Action Plan, launched in June 2020. The plan focuses on the areas of structure and policies, teaching and learning, recruiting and retaining students and employees, and campus climate. More…

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Life in Delaware County

ODOT Weekly Construction Report For Week Beginning September 26

25 Sep , 2021  

By: ODOT District6; 1808Delaware

ODOT District 6 has released its weekly report highlighting road construction projects which are beginning or underway in the multi-county area it serves. What follows are posted projects taking place within Delaware County and Franklin County.

Please stay safe and pay attention to these closures and work taking place during the week beginning on September 26. More…

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Schools

Big Walnut Mask Requirement Begins Monday

25 Sep , 2021  

By 1808Delaware

At its regular meeting on September 16, the Big Walnut Local Schools Board of Education voted to implement a mask requirement for all students.

As a follow up, Superintendent Angie Hamberg shared the following message via the District’s website:

As you know, face coverings are required on all school buses due to a Federal order.  Additionally, due to continued impact on attendance from Covid-19, our Board of Education voted at last Thursday’s meeting to implement a K-6 school mask mandate for students.  This mandate is for indoors only, and it is in effect until one of the following criteria is met: More…

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Life in Delaware County

US23 Corridor Study Added To Funding Schedule

24 Sep , 2021  

By 1808Delaware

A corridor study for the new US23 realignment and/or adjustment between Toledo and southern Delaware County was added to the list to receive funding from the Ohio Department of Transportation when the Transportation Review Advisory Council met this week.

The total of new projects added to the official list includes more than $292 million in funding commitments, and includes a local initiativ.

“Our economy depends on smart investments that make our transportation system safe and efficient,” said Governor DeWine. “The projects approved today will keep our economy moving forward.”

TRAC-funded projects focus on enhancing the capacity of Ohio’s transportation system and making it more efficient. The program resumed this year after being paused in 2020 when traffic volumes across the state dipped significantly leading to a decline in revenue from the motor fuel tax. There were 36 new applications requesting $551 million submitted this year. More…

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History/Tourism

ODNR Releases 2021 Fall Color Forecast

24 Sep , 2021  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

Entering the fall season, Ohio’s forests are beginning their transformation into a dazzling display of colors as the leaves change. Throughout the season, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), in partnership with Ohio. Find It Here., will be providing weekly updates on the best locations to enjoy unique activities and beautiful hues of autumn.

“The colors of fall make our great outdoors even more beautiful,” said Governor Mike DeWine. “This is the perfect time to enjoy a walk through a state park, nature preserve, or forest and experience the transition of summer to autumn.”

When forecasting fall color, foresters must consider several variables such as sunlight, temperature, wind, and rainfall when estimating the intensity and longevity of leaf color. This year, the ODNR Division of Forestry is expecting peak color to arrive in mid-to-late October. More information on the current forecast is available at fallcolor.ohiodnr.gov. More…

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Schools

Number Of Infections Grows In Delaware County Schools, Governor Talks About Schools And COVID

23 Sep , 2021  

By 1808Delaware

The number of positive COVID tests reported from Delaware County school districts and buildings grew when numbers were announced on Thursday by the Ohio Department of Health.

Led by a reported 46 student cases at Olentangy Local Schools, there were a total of 130 cases among students and staff. This number is an increase from the 79 positive tests included in the total two weeks ago.

That shared, there were 6 districts or buildings included, down 2 from the September 9 report. Those included: More…

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